SCMP reports that construction of the world’s tallest building commenced with a ground breaking ceremony in Changsha, Hunan on Saturday.
The 5.2 billion yuan super tower known as Sky City gained much notoriety earlier this year when developers Broad Sustainable Building boldly claimed they would be able to finish construction in 90 days. Due to delays and a dose of reality the estimated completion of construction was pushed back to April 2014, giving construction crews a mere 8 months to finish (for the sake of comparison, Shanghai Tower has been under construction for 5 years now.)
Developers have revealed that Sky City’s 208 storeys will contain 1.05 million square feet of space, allowing the building to have multiple uses. For organisational purposes the building is planned to be split into two halves, with the top consisting of apartments and hotels, while the bottom half will hold schools, an elderly care centre, hospital and offices, making it “a building [that] can serve as a city.”
The Telegraph reports that the building will be home to nearly 30,000 people and may take over 2,000 cars off the road.
The building’s simple design isn’t quite as ambitious or inventive as other skyscrapers in China, and it isn’t certain that Changsha’s seven million residents will provide enough demand to prevent this tower from becoming another of China’s white elephant projects.
When completed, the tower would join a growing list of top architectural feats in China. The country is now home to the longest cable-stayed bridge, largest building (by area), largest mall, and soon the world’s longest undersea tunnel.